The Marlowe Theatre launches a new collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company, with online workshops for lockdown.

With Kent now in a third lockdown, a situation that, for some people, means more isolation, The Marlowe is launching a series of free online voice workshops to do at home. The online workshops mark the start of Shakespeare Nation, a partnership project with the Royal Shakespeare Company that aims to turn Kent into a region of Shakespeare lovers.

Available to watch now on The Marlowe’s YouTube channel, the Re-Finding Your Voice workshops are led by RSC voice coach Michael Corbidge. Michael has earned an international reputation as a leading teacher of voice, having delivered workshops to professional actors and students of acting around the

Micheal Corbidge

The six sessions, which can be enjoyed by those with or without previous acting experience, cover topics such as posture building, getting warmed-up and learning how to project your voice.The aim is to give people at home useful tips and techniques for using their voice more effectively.

The sessions are essential viewing for anyone who wants to develop their performance skills or lose their fear of public speaking, promising to help people rediscover the joys of speaking aloud.

Re-Finding Your Voice marks the start of the Shakespeare Nation initiative in Kent, which will see The Marlowe work in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company to celebrate the works of Shakespeare and explore their relevance to modern-day Kent. The project will bring together a diverse group of participants who will each weave their personal stories with the words of Shakespeare to create something new and unique. This will culminate in a production that will be performed in
The Marlowe Studio later this year.

The online voice workshops have been co-curated by Paul Ainsworth, The Marlowe’s Associate Director (Learning & Participation).
Paul Ainsworth said:

“We wanted to create something that would help people to keep using their voice in a year when many people are speaking less. This initiative is the start of a much wider project – Shakespeare Nation, which
will bring people from across our community together to create something really special. Kent has a unique resonance within Shakespeare’s world. The landscape and people of Kent, including Christopher Marlowe, was part of Shakespeare’s England and his plays. This gives us a unique opportunity to celebrate what it means to us here today.”

Shakespeare Nation is a continuation of The Marlowe’s partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Since 2012, the collaboration has seen The Marlowe work with over twenty schools from across Kent through its Associate Schools programme, an initiative that improves access to Shakespeare for young people and their teachers.

Ian Wainwright, Shakespeare Nation Participation Producer, at the RSC said:

“Shakespeare Nation is all about getting to know the cities and towns the RSC visits with our work and engaging with communities beyond the auditorium, many of who may feel Shakespeare is not for them. Through sharing our approaches to Shakespeare and theatre making we not only get people excited
about our work and more likely to come and see it, we also learn what Shakespeare means to them.”

All Re-Finding Your Voice videos are available to stream now via The Marlowe Theatre’s YouTube channel.



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